Dell has a pair of new relatively low-cost tablets, the Dell Venue 8 Pro and Venue 11 Pro. The “pro” designation means full Windows 8.1 starting at $299; the company has no plans to refresh its Windows RT tablets. Read more »
There’s a lot of energy in the wireless charging space of late: First Qualcomm joined all three major standards groups and now the Bluetooth SIG is helping to create a new class of smarter wireless charging devices. Read more »
Samsung hasn’t released Android 4.3 for its flagship phone yet but that hasn’t stopped some from getting a look at an early build. The software looks nearly ready for prime-time based on this video peek. Read more »
Not happy about the new “new tab” page in Chrome? No worries, we can fix that for you in all of 10 seconds. And with new Chromebooks on the horizon, will any have a touchscreen? Evidence says: yes! Read more »
Good news for Hulu Plus subscribers hit the airwaves on Wednesday: Google announced support for Hulu Plus on its $35 Chromecast device. Instead of watching video content from the online provider on an Android smartphone, tablet or Apple iPad, folks can shoot Hulu Plus to an HDTV.
To get the new wireless streaming function, users will need to upgrade their Hulu Plus mobile app to the latest version, which now includes a one-touch Chromecast button to enable streaming. As with other Chromecast streaming services, Hulu Plus will actually shoot video from the cloud to the Chromecast, but the smartphone or tablet used to start the stream can act as a remote control for playback.
Now that iOS 7 supports external game controllers, get ready to ditch the on-screen controls. Logitech teased a gamepad last week and now an image of the device has leaked to the web. Read more »
There’s currently a trio of main wireless charging groups, each with its own standardized solution, and now Qualcomm is a member of all three. Here’s why this gives hope for a single standard. Read more »
What do LEGOs and smartphones have in common? More than you think: They can work together to help manage a shared Google Calendar by bridging the physical and digital worlds. Read more »
Another alleged Nexus 5 photo surfaced along with some reported hands-on impressions of the look and feel of the device. The reported specs continue to point to a high-powered smartphone… once Google officially announces it, that is. Read more »
Samsung’s Galaxy Note 3 improves in every way over its predecessor but is it right for you? That depends on how much you value the S-Pen capability because there are similar choices for less without digital inking. Read more »
From an alphanumeric pager to an email machine to smartphones, BlackBerry has had a historic run. Unfortunately, it seems to be coming to an end, mainly because while we saw the competition grow over the past six years, BlackBerry simply never reacted timely or correctly. Read more »
We already know that Straight Talk’s unlimited plan can save you money and that it isn’t unlimited. The company clarified the latter point, saying it provides 2.5 GB of monthly high-speed data, along with unlimited voice calls and texts, for $45 a month. Read more »
AT&T added more details on pricing and availability for two new Samsung devices on Monday. The Galaxy Note 3 smartphone and Galaxy Gear smartwatch arrive in stores on Friday, October 4. The Note 3 can be purchased for $299 with a two-year contract, $725 without contract, or for $35 per month through AT&T’s Next program. The Galaxy Gear smartwatch will be sold for $299 and will only work with the Galaxy Note 3 at launch.
Samsung says it is working on support for the Galaxy Gear to work with other Galaxy smartphones but hasn’t yet announced a time frame for that compatibility. My first impressions of the Gear were generally favorable, but I’ll have to spend more time with one before deciding if it’s worth $299.
Are we finally inching closer to a wireless charging standard? Perhaps, now that Samsung has invested in PowerbyProxi. The company is working on support for spatial freedom and multiple device support in the Qi standard, something already offered by the A4WP group. Read more »
Looking to add an Android phone to your wrist? The new A.I. Watch is looking to Indiegogo to deliver just that. The smartwatch runs full Android, has tiles like Windows Phone and voice input for text entry or voice control. Read more »
ColorSnap already makes it easy to take pictures and get paint color recommendations on a smartphone or a tablet, but it’s a perfect app to take advantage of Google Glass. Read more »
You won’t need to find or install browser plug-ins much longer in Google Chrome. The company is starting to eliminate support on January 1, 2014 as HTML5 and other web technologies alleviate the need for plug-ins. Read more »
The Galaxy Note 3 is region locked but there’s a way around the restriction. LG’s G2 got the review treatment this week: Is it a good blend of powerful hardware and useful software? And Amazon continues to mature it’s Kindle Fire tablet lineup. Read more »
What Google Glass can do, it does pretty well, but it’s still fairly limited in terms of apps. That may be changing next month with sources suggesting Google will officially launch Glassware apps. Read more »
Apple’s new iOS 7 adds a little 3-D experience that may have gone overboard in some peoples eyes: The parallax effect that makes home screen icons float when moving the phone around. Here’s how to disable the effect. Read more »
HTC’s next big phone, the One Max, looks to be launching soon. The large handset won’t have a digital stylus but it’s still meant to compete with Samsung’s Galaxy Note 3 and other big-screened smartphones. Read more »
Google is slowly building up momentum for Google Glass: Aside from the 8,000 Glass Explorers using the product, Google is taking Glass on the road. First stop for regular folks to try the wearable device? Durham, North Carolina. Read more »
BlackBerry’s second quarter numbers are out and there’s little good to be seen: Revenues are down 45 percent from a year ago and the Z10 write-off is costing the company nearly a billion dollars. Read more »
Wireless device charging doesn’t necessarily mean a charging pad on your desk or nightstand. Mugen’s new N11 battery pack is portable and can wirelessly charge a phone or tablet anywhere thanks to the included Qi support. Read more »
Got a camera that can take photos in the preferred RAW image format? You may not need special software to edit them. These can be uploaded directly to Google+ where they’ll be converted to JPG for online edits in the browser. Read more »
A previously scheduled investor call for September 27 won’t be happening says BlackBerry. The company will release its quarterly numbers on Friday but cancelled the conference call to discuss them. The reason? The letter of intent BlackBerry signed to sell the company earlier this week.
So will buyers compare the new Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition to the $399 Galaxy Nexus 10 or Apple’s iPad at $499? That’s the question given the new slate with its S-Pen and productivity software starts at $549. Read more »
T-Mobile customers hoping to pick up a BlackBerry won’t be doing so from a retail store. On Wednesday the carrier said it would no longer stock BlackBerry handsets in its retail stores. Instead, customers can order them online for delivery. The news came by way of Reuters who spoke with David Carey, T-Mobile’s executive vice president for corporate services.
Carey said that keeping retail stock “was inefficient” because of low in-store demand for BlackBerry devices. This news follows BlackBerry’s own warnings about its future as it has decided to focus on the pro-sumer and enterprise market. BlackBerry also signed a letter of intent this week to take a $4.7 billion buyout offer‘ from Fairfax Financial.
Hope you like the card-based user interface of Google Now. It’s already a staple of Google Glass and as of Wednesday comes to Gmail for Android to improve the conversation view. Read more »
Consumers have never had more tablet options and more reasonable prices for slates. With so many manufacturers in the game, it comes down to which platform and ecosystem you prefer and which tablet maker you trust to make a good product. Read more »
Next month, Samsung will debut a new smartphone with a curved display. The news came direct from Samsung’s mobile business head of strategic marketing, D.J. Lee, according to Reuters, which reported the information on Tuesday evening.
Samsung may throw a few too many features in some of its products — see the Galaxy S 4 for an example — but the company does continue to push boundaries by trying new things in mobile devices. This development won’t be the first time Samsung has created phone with curved display: In 2011, the Galaxy Nexus, built by Samsung, had a slightly curved screen. I anticipate that the new handset to have a more prominent curve.
We’ve been talking about Chrome taking over the desktop for months and the Dev version of Chrome 31 for Windows shows one possible way it will happen: It’s like having a Chromebook without buying one! Read more »
When Apple mentioned the M7 co-processor inside the new iPhone 5s, it only told us what the potential was. Now, there’s an exercise tracking app that takes advantage of it and helps bring improved battery life in the app. Read more »
Tired of drab low-light images from your smartphone camera? Samsung thinks it has the answer in its new image sensor chip. ISOCELL does was the name implies: physically isolates each pixel on the sensor to eliminate crosstalk for more vibrant images. Read more »
After watching sales and profits slow for several quarters, HTC is reportedly having problems getting parts for its HTC One mini. A case shortage won’t help the situation which could be due to the company’s lack of growth. Read more »
Apple has resumed its AppleTV update on Tuesday, says 9to5Mac, after it pulled the software over the weekend amid reports of problems. Whatever the issue was appears to be fixed and version 6.0 of the software is now flowing to devices. The update includes support for iTunes Music, AirPlay from the cloud and more.
I was one of those that unsuccessfully tried to update an AppleTV over the weekend. Why did I jump on the software right away? iTunes Music was the key reason for me: I find the service to be quite good, even compared to Google Play Music All Access, which I won’t be subscribing to any longer.
Apple quietly updated its iMac lineup on Tuesday but the upgrades shout speed: Faster graphics, processing, flash storage and Wi-Fi. Read more »
Microsoft took the wraps off Surface 2, which saw welcome hardware improvements. The device is touted as a productivity tablet but there’s one problem: Millions of tablet owners have already moved on from the Microsoft Office suite. So what’s left to win them over? Read more »
Motorola appears to have addressed the biggest flaw in its Moto X handset: Camera image consistency. A new software update improves exposure, reduces noise and provides better white balance. Read more »